November 2018

Soft Gear Announces Cloud Server Solution for Online Games "Strix Cloud"

Soft Gear announces the server solution "Strix Cloud" for online game development, with a trial service limited to 111 accounts starting from November 1st, 2018.

Background
Starting next year, 5G (5th generation) network operation will commence, further increasing achievable speeds and connection counts. For games and many applications, stable and high speed server technology is required. In order to provide network and server technologies more easily our company has been promoting cloud computing for server solutions. We have developed "Strix Cloud" - a highly scalable solution for online game development.

Druva Breaks the Data Center to Cloud Barrier

Druva Inc., a global leader in cloud data protection and management, today announced the Druva Cloud Platform, Druva's Data Management-as-a-Service solution, is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Snowball Edge. This solution allows enterprises to freely move data between on-premises and cloud without the lock-in, complexity, and cost of legacy hardware, enabling them to speed up their infrastructure to cloud transition.

Organizations are rapidly adopting cloud infrastructure for application services. According to Druva's recent survey, data protection is a key motivator for a transition to the cloud, with 85 percent recognizing the need given the cloud's scalability, distributed architecture, and added resiliency. However, even as this transition takes place, businesses require short recovery times for mission-critical services on-premises, which forces organizations to maintain older, complicated systems for rapid recovery.

AWS Snowball Edge is a data migration and edge computing device with 100TB of capacity and support for computing tasks via built-in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and AWS Lambda function capabilities. Druva is using these advanced capabilities to facilitate a fast transition of data to and from the cloud. Enterprises get the benefits of workload mobility and the advantages of advanced cloud services like disaster recovery and replication -- improving their overall business continuity SLAs without the need for dedicated appliances or secondary storage devices. Pre-packaged with Druva's cloud data management technology and delivered directly from AWS to the customer, organizations experience a true as-a-service offering, simplifying provisioning and management, at no additional cost.

ECS Offers IBM Cloud Solutions

ECS, a leading provider of advanced technology, science, and engineering solutions has announced that it has been designated an IBM Cloud Business Partner. ECS offers direct customer access to the IBM Cloud and IBM's full-stack cloud platform that spans public, private, and hybrid environments including advanced data and artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

"IBM has a long history as a key technology provider to thousands of global enterprises across more than 20 industries, delivering many critical platform services," said John Sankovich, vice president of cloud solutions at ECS. "As companies embrace cloud adoption, the IBM Cloud continues to demonstrate its value and flexibility in meeting the needs of both commercial and public-sector cloud markets."

Through its Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE), ECS provides expert cloud consulting, managed services, and full direct resale access to the leading cloud service providers. The ECS CCoE uses best practices and frameworks to provide our customers with expert certified architects, optimized scalable solutions, and full compliance with all security standards and requirements in its delivery of IBM Cloud.

HYCU Offers New Program Complementing Nutanix Velocity Program

HYCU, Inc., a pioneering enterprise software company specializing in data backup, recovery and monitoring for next-generation Enterprise Clouds, today announced a new program, Speed to HYCU, for Nutanix Velocity program mid-market focused channel partners. This first HYCU channel program specifically focused on HYCU partners serving mid-market customers rewards partners for selling HYCU licenses with Nutanix Velocity opportunities. The Speed to HYCU Program follows the announcement of the new HYCU Global Partner Program that has been well received in the market. Similar to the Global Partner Program, Speed to HYCU is intended to provide additional value for Partners selling the joint Nutanix and HYCU solution.

"We're thrilled that partners like HYCU are investing in our technology and initiatives to drive adoption of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software," said Jay Chitnis, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, Nutanix. "HYCU has echoed the Velocity Program's vision of creating programs and incentives specifically with the mid-market in-mind. We value HYCU's commitment to working alongside Nutanix to prioritize helping our partners and, ultimately, providing our customers with the right solutions for their datacenter needs."

 

CA Technologies Updates Mainframe Solutions, Promoting an Open and Intelligent Platform for Hybrid Environments

CA Technologies announced updates to its mainframe solutions that are designed to accelerate modernization and integration initiatives, allowing enterprises to leverage mainframes as strategic enablers of digital transformation to drive revenue growth. These new and enhanced offerings enable customers to use intelligence and automation to maximize resources and protect data while working with the latest technologies and open innovations, across hybrid environments.

"Mainframes are an integral part of any hybrid IT environment where workloads should run on platforms that provide the best advantage," said Greg Lotko, general manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. "Only CA can bring a more simplified user experience that spans the breadth of open DevOps and machine learning-based operational intelligence to make the mainframe an agile, integrated part of an evolving IT architectural landscape."

"We've found CA's tools to be flexible, easy to use and cost-effective for a dynamic workforce that includes developers and mainframers," said Jim Magnus, vice president of partner development at Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider and CA partner. "Our work and relationship with CA Technologies is vital to driving digital transformation for our clients. We believe the company is making the right investments in mainframe innovations to help clients optimize and modernize their hybrid IT environments."

Cloud Veterans Launch TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform

TriggerMesh, a company developing serverless and FaaS management solutions, announced their official company and product launch. TriggerMesh is offered as software-as-a-service and enables the deployment and management of functions on Kubernetes clusters enabled with Knative as well the management of event triggers across Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Azure.

TriggerMesh Serverless Management Platform allows developers to automate the deployment and of functions from their favorite version control system on the TriggerMesh cloud powered by Knative. The developers benefit from:

Tips for Improving Your Business Agility

One of the key attributes of successful businesses is the ability to respond to change positively and without delay. Societies and lifestyles are in a constant state of change, and the development of new technologies accelerates the process even more rapidly. It's easy for businesses to get left behind if they aren't quick enough to respond to changing markets or trading conditions, or if such changes derail their forward movement. No business is immune to the forces of change, but the way to manage any situation that arises is to ensure your business is as agile as possible.

What is an agile business?

How the Digital Age Is Shaping the Modern-Day Business

The digital age refers to the advancements that have been brought on by technology. It is also known as the information age, given that the answer to any question you are looking for is a click of a button away, very literally. It all started with the introduction of digital computers which are now widespread and used by every single business across various industries to organize their information and data. This invention has changed the very way that the modern-day business operates and will continue to change it in the future. 

The very understanding of how people communicate has changed, and as a result of this consumer's behavior has also been affected. There are numerous other ways that the digital age has shaped what is now known as the business of today, and these will be touched upon below. 

Don't Sink Your Sales, Sync Your Cloud Instead

Despite having been around for close to two decades and statistics showing that it can positively transform how a business operates, cloud computing is yet to be absorbed fully by the business world today. A significant segment of product and service providers continue to use legacy sales IT systems that are not only difficult to integrate with emerging technologies but also costly to run.

In this article, we describe five key advantages of adopting cloud solutions to boost sales and the overall business process.

How Has the Cloud Affected the World of Urban Planning



Article Written by Avery Phillips

For a number of years, urban planners have been working with software known as building information modeling (BIM). Essentially, this is software that allows the importing and integration of 3D building design into a program that analyzes data regarding energy impacts, environmental and community impacts, and construction compliance with local building codes and regulations. 

Of course the next step in this process is to go beyond BIM and the design of buildings that comply with city codes and local regulations into full city information modeling (CIM) that can essentially do the same thing on a larger scale. The full impact of any number of project types can now be automated, and these tasks can be performed on the cloud. 

This has become possible as GIS and other mapping software has continued to move toward cloud computing instead of server or machine-based applications. ESRI took leaps forward in this area with ArcGIS online, along with launching software developed in cooperation with the company SmarterBetterCities. The company is based in Switzerland and is the designer of CloudCity, a cloud-based CIM-specific system. 

Many of these CIM systems have been developed by urban planners who have been analyzing this type of data for years, but doing so manually. The automation process takes something that used to take a couple of dozen specialists a number of weeks to complete and automates it so results are available nearly instantaneously.

 

ZeroStack Debuts Storage Controls on Its Cloud Platform

ZeroStack, creators of a self-driving cloud that lets users focus on their businesses, announced that administrators of its Self-Driving Cloud platform can now implement flexible storage controls that prevent over-consumption of storage by individual users or VMs.

MSPs and enterprises share storage pools across customers or end users in a cloud environment, and this can lead to over-consumption by a particular customer or VM, potentially removing capacity from the cluster that was expected by other users. With its new storage controls, ZeroStack gives cloud administrators the power to set, read and write IOPS capacity limits on VMs or customers to provide real-time caps that control over-consumption.

"Whether individual users or VMs, storage hogs can make life difficult for other cloud users in a shared environment," said Michael Lin, director of product management at ZeroStack. "Our new storage controls implement limits on storage hogs to ensure fair access to resources by all users and VMs."

Cloudian Joins HPE's Cloud28+

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, today announced the company has joined Cloud28+, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)-backed worldwide federation of cloud computing organizations. Dedicated to increasing cloud adoption worldwide, Cloud28+ members combine resources to share and promote a common platform for cloud-related knowledge and solutions.

"Cloudian is delighted to join the HPE-backed Cloud28+ community to help our mutual customers find the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, to increase their knowledge of innovative offers and to help firms interested in becoming cloud service providers," said Jon Toor, CMO of Cloudian. "Our cloud-compatible, on-premises storage platform brings a compelling solution to the community, offering the limitless scalability and service provider-friendly features required in this era of expanding cloud possibilities."

eG Innovations Certified as Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS

eG Innovations, a leading provider of IT performance monitoring and digital intelligence solutions, today announced that eG Enterprise, its flagship monitoring platform has been certified as Partner Ready for VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables organizations to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service allows organizations to take advantage of VMware technologies across compute (vSphere), storage (vSAN) and networking (NSX), which are optimized to run on next-generation, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure, with optimized access to AWS services.

With eG Enterprise, organizations can monitor all aspects of VMware Cloud on AWS performance. Monitoring of the virtual infrastructure and cloud monitoring are done in an agentless manner. A patented inside-outside monitoring technology provides 360-degree visibility into virtual machine performance. Using eG Enterprise's built-in capabilities for application code-level visibility and digital experience monitoring, IT professionals can get total performance assurance for their applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Key Capabilities of eG Enterprise for Monitoring VMware Cloud on AWS:

Wipro Collaborates with Check Point Software to Offer Cloud Security Services

Wipro Limited announced a new partnership with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, to deliver Check Point's advanced and dynamic cloud security solution, CloudGuard IaaS.

This strategic worldwide partnership will further accelerate demand for the CloudGuard comprehensive suite of cloud security products, which are focused on advanced threat prevention and safeguarding enterprise cloud applications, infrastructure, and data against the most sophisticated fifth-generation cyber-attacks threatening organizations today. CloudGuard already protects more than 2,000 enterprise cloud environments.

Cloud security is a shared responsibility between the service provider and the customer, which can be a challenging model to implement. Through this partnership, Wipro and Check Point are enabling customers to maximize their investment in cloud infrastructure by defending against the most sophisticated fifth-generation cyber security threats to their cloud assets and data.

Rackspace Teams with VMware to Deliver the Future of Multi-Cloud

Rackspace has expanded its Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) portfolio to deliver the future of multi-cloud. Today, with the launch of Rackspace Managed VMware Cloud on AWS, Rackspace is evolving its private cloud portfolio to give customers new ways of deploying workloads across public and private clouds in any location, using a single, industry-standard set of tools and processes. Rackspace is helping customers overcome many of the challenges they face with multi-cloud operations, including standard workflows, consistent APIs, easier access to native services across clouds, simpler geographical expansion, compliance with data sovereignty policies and business continuity, cost-effective disaster recovery, and on-demand flexible capacity.

Rackspace is focused on providing modern IT as a service for its customers, and continues to transform IT delivery by offering unbiased, multi-cloud expertise, an unrivaled portfolio of cloud services, and familiar automation and management tools. This next generation cloud solution delivers greater flexibility for customers to run each VMware workload where it makes the most sense - in VMware Cloud on AWS, in their own data center or hosted in a geo-specific location, along with the consistency of a unified infrastructure that bridges private and public clouds. With thousands of VMware and AWS certifications across hundreds of experts, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to help customers integrate multiple clouds to meet their business requirements.

"This is a game changer in the cloud industry, and with thousands of VMware and AWS certifications across hundreds of experts, Rackspace is a strategic partner to help customers that want to move to VMware Cloud on AWS and further modernize their applications with native AWS services," said Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of Rackspace managed services for VMware. "Enterprises can now run every application in the best location, optimizing price, reliability, performance and security for every workload while using familiar tools, processes and APIs, which enterprises already use today. We deliver this as a fully managed service, making consumption simple while delivering the outcomes our customers expect."

DH2i Launches DxOdyssey for Zero Trust Hybrid/Multi-Cloud Security

DH2i, the leading provider of multi-platform Software Defined Perimeter and Smart Availability software for Windows and Linux, today announced the launch of DxOdyssey, its new network security software that dynamically deploys perimeter security where needed in order to isolate services for fine-grained user access, creating a Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP). The new DH2i SDP offering gives medium and large organizations the perimeter security model needed for Zero Trust network connectivity between on-premises sites and/or multi-cloud environments. In addition, the new offering addresses customer desire for a highly scalable, self-healing networking solution that is easy to configure and manage, with a high ROI. DxOdyssey makes the application infrastructure "always-secure and always-on".

Today's medium and large organization security and network admins are well-aware of the difficulties that surround using traditional approaches such as virtual private networks (VPNs) for perimeter security to connect on-premises sites and/or multi-cloud environments. The issues include:

VMware to Acquire Heptio to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Kubernetes On-Premises and across Multi-Cloud Environments

VMware, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the open Kubernetes ecosystem. Heptio's products and expertise help organizations deploy and operationalize Kubernetes. Terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2016 by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, two of the creators of Kubernetes, Heptio has applied its unique insight to a growing set of products, open source projects and contributions to upstream Kubernetes. This is complemented by Heptio's work with organizations through training, support and professional services that speed integration of Kubernetes and related technologies into the fabric of enterprise IT. As a result, Heptio will be able to open new channels for VMware to further engage the open source community and harden upstream Kubernetes as well as support the cloud native needs of the largest enterprises in the world upon closing.

Dell Boomi Enhances its Enterprise iPaaS Portfolio

Dell Boomi (Boomi), the leading transformation provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business, announced, at Boomi World 18, the company's latest additions to its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for today's enterprise. The only vendor to offer a unified platform with built-in data quality and connectivity across the enterprise -from people, applications and databases to devices and things-Boomi defines the iPaaS industry today.                                         

With its latest capabilities for The Connected Enterprise -Boomi Connect Now, Boomi Data Services for Pivotal, Boomi API Gateway and Developer Portal, Bot SDK and new Professional Services offerings -Boomi provides the tools organizations need to support a breadth of use cases across all personas, ensuring both high productivity and IT control. Boomi democratizes integration, making it accessible to all users regardless of their level of technical expertise or role in the organization from citizen developers, business analysts and integration experts.

"Sky's mission is to connect customers to more of what they love. Dell Boomi's ability to connect data, processes and people has an extremely positive impact on the experience Sky provides its 12 million UK customers," said Olive Perrins, Service Strategy Manager at Sky. "Our people are critical to our success and being able to bring together our rich talent along with critical applications and data will be key to our continued success."

 

Ivanti Introduces Asset Manager Cloud for Full IT Asset Lifecycle Management

Ivanti, the company that unifies IT to better manage and secure the digital workplace, announced the introduction of Ivanti Asset Manager Cloud. The enterprise-grade hardware asset management solution provides a comprehensive view of IT assets at any stage within their lifecycle, while also tracking lease, warranty and financial data to ensure assets are optimized and secured.

"A recent study found that 30% of IT fixed assets are missing or can't be found1," said Ian Aitchison, Senior Product Director, Ivanti. "For many enterprises, knowing what assets you have and where they are is simply the tip of the IT asset management iceberg. It's also vital to track contracts, regulatory compliance, and cost of ownership. Ivanti Asset Manager Cloud monitors and reports on these areas as well as what hardware needs to be purchased, updated, and maintained so IT management can plan ahead, avoid hasty purchasing decisions, and optimize asset use operationally and fiscally. It's the kind of support enterprises need to successfully manage their IT assets."

Built for complete asset optimization, Ivanti Asset Manager Cloud features:

Elastifile Releases Qwiklabs Learning Module and Expands Google Cloud Marketplace Offering

Elastifile, a pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, announced the availability of an Elastifile Qwiklabs learning module along with new enhancements to its cutting-edge data management platform.

The Elastifile Qwiklab provides a commitment-free, hands-on introduction to the company's storage solution and leads users through a guided tour of the Elastifile experience. Any user can easily create and test an Elastifile Cloud File System in minutes, with no prior experience required.